Loving Your Anthurium and Jasmine Plants

Known for its heart-shaped blooms, Anthurium is a hearty and beautiful plant that will thrive for years to come if cared for properly. These magnificent plants must be watered weekly, although they should be allowed to dry in between waterings. Yellowing leaves are telltale signs of over-watering. They thrive in high light but not direct sunlight. They need excellent drainage to avoid root rot and be sure to deadhead frequently to allow new blooms to grow and flourish. If the stems appear weak as they grow, feel free to use a stake to keep them upright and grow to their full potential.

 

Another plant we absolutely love this time of year is Jasmine, as it is one of the best plants to keep in your home for it’s herbal and healing properties. It is proven to reduce stress and tension and lessen the effects of depression. It has notably been used in historic medical treatments for liver disease and keeps the air clean and free of toxins.

These fragrant plants may require a bit of effort, but the results are well worth the work. Dwarf varieties of jasmine make excellent houseplants. They require even moisture and a sunny location in the home. Vines can also be brought into the home and the height is easy to manage with pruning or pinching in the dormant season. Potted plants do not have access to extra nutrients, so they need fertilizing twice annually. Your jasmine plant will flower in late spring into summer and provide the most intoxicating fragrance.

We carry both of these unique and amazing plants in a variety of sizes, call or stop by to find yours!

Time to Grow Again!

Have you ever thought of being a florist?

Do you have an artistic flair?

Do have a love for flowers?

Do you have the desire to work in a fast-paced environment?

Do you want a new career opportunity where you get to work with 8 awesome, empowering women?

We have a grant opportunity to send anyone between the ages of 20-30 to design school in Toronto. If this opportunity excites you, please visit us with a resume!

Kelly’s Flowers & Gift Boutique
17 Wilson St. East
Perth, Ontario

Tips and Tricks for Hearty Fall Mums

One of the most popular and well-known fall plants is the vivacious fall mum. Make sure your fall mums get at least 6 hours of sunlight and do not let them dry out, this goes for both garden mums and indoor pots as well. Take care not to over-water as soggy soil can prevent them from flowering and cause root rot. The biggest sign of over-watering is yellow leaves that turn black and fall off.
 
Keep mums evenly watered to ensure the best flowering. It is possible to have annual mums if they are planted in the spring or summer and have ample time to establish a good root system. They can stay in the ground during winter (especially with a layer of mulch for colder areas like ours) if they are cut down to only a few inches above the soil but potted mums should be brought inside and watered to just slightly moist during winter dormancy.
 
Be sure to deadhead old blooms frequently to encourage new growth and enjoy the beautiful, full look of these marvellous mums!

Garden Advice for Geraniums

Geraniums make decent houseplants if you can provide them with lots of bright light. They like a cool temperature, so even if you keep your thermostat low, they should be happy. However, they’ll start to look gangly and gawky if you don’t provide enough light. There are a few techniques for winterizing geraniums, with or without a pot.
 
To winterize your beloved geraniums in a dormant storage phase, dig up the entire plant before frost and gently shake the soil from the roots. Place the plants inside open paper bags or hang them upside-down from the rafters in a cool, dark location for the winter.
 
When saving geraniums for the winter in pots, dig up your geraniums and place them in a pot that can comfortably fit their rootball. Prune the geranium back by one-third. Water the pot thoroughly and place in a cool but well-lit part of your house.

Private Workshops

Kelly’s is excited to announce that we will now be offering private workshops of all kinds. We will teach you the key points of Floral Design and share our knowledge and resources to help you create a sensational piece. Perfect for bridal parties, birthdays or just a fun day with the girls.  Mothers and daughters, sisters and friends will all enjoy spending time together while creating something beautiful to take home.
 
Call us to discuss your private design workshop and get designing! 
 

Ripping Up The Carpet Sale

We don’t have sales very often, so you should take advantage of this one. We are ripping up the carpet and replacing it with beautiful poured floors instead. We literally have to pack the entire store so help us get rid of stuff so we don’t have to pack it up. There are great deals on Christmas, Purses, Jewellery, Art and Home Decor. Up to 50% off from February 1st to the 23rd.

How to care for Roses

Care of cut roses and how to keep roses fresh longer is easy if you borrow a few basic tricks from the experts, the professional florists, (that would be us).
Step 1: Recut the stems. Use a sharp set of pruners and cut at a 45-degree angle, so there will be a maximum surface area for the stems to drink water through.
STEP 2: To improve the vase life of cut roses and to keep the roses fresh longer, immerse their stems in warm water immediately after cutting.
STEP 3: Add a packet of flower preservative.
STEP 4: Keep your roses out of direct sunlight and away from drafts to prevent drying out and wilting.
It is that simple, folks.

Design Classes

We really enjoyed designing beautiful pieces with our variety of classes throughout the year in 2018 and look forward to even more creative fun in the new year. Keep your eyes on our social media pages for upcoming design classes!
Join us February 7th to create a natural dried floral arrangement that will always maintain its beauty. Bring a friend and make an evening of it! Be sure to call ahead to reserve your spot, spaces are limited.

Winter Hours

Now that the cold winter weather has come we have switched to our winter hours for the store. The main change is that we will be closing at 5 pm instead of 5:30 pm. Here are our updated hours for this season:
Sunday 11 am – 4 pm
Monday 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday 9 am – 5 pm
Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
We can’t wait to see what this new year and season brings! Thanks again for supporting Kelly’s and we will see you soon. Don’t forget to check on our social media pages for new and exciting events!
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